In a small town in upstate New York, local residents were drowned as a dam was built and the town was flooded to create the Rushford Lake. One hundred years later, the souls of the drowned are becoming restless...


Jay Woelfel


Jay Woelfel





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatum Adair ... Rebecca Haster
Timothy Prindle ... Stan James
Gregory Lee Kenyon ... Sheriff Dobbs
Azure Sky Decker Azure Sky Decker ... Flora / Saundra Tompson
Chuck Franklin Chuck Franklin ... Doctor Bloch
Damian Maffei ... Young Fisherman / Son #2 on Boat
Dan Metcalf Dan Metcalf ... Old Fisherman
Linda Brown Linda Brown ... Ruth Haster
Raymond Suriani Raymond Suriani ... Richard Haster
Rick Kesler ... Reverend
Edward M. Valenta Edward M. Valenta ... Sexy Club Guy
Mary Ann Layman Mary Ann Layman ... Librarian
Carolyn Ricketts Carolyn Ricketts ... Grandma Tompson
Richard M. Kennedy Richard M. Kennedy ... Grandpa Tompson
Cindy Ohanian Cindy Ohanian ... Car Crash Wife


Rebecca Haster blames herself for the death of her parents and decides to spend sometime alone in the lakeside cottage of her parents in Rushford Lake. She meets Stan James on the road and gives a lift to the stranger. Later they become friends, while Rebecca sees supernatural events with drowned people in the lake. While searching the accidents in the library, she finds that mysterious deaths happen in the spot every thirteen years. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Evil Rises.

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Rated R for horror images and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Director Jay Woelfel wanted actress Jennifer Capo to play the lead role of Rebecca but due to scheduling conflicts, Tatum Adair was given the role. See more »


As Becky is confronting Flora/Saundra in the library, we see the dollhouse behind Becky. We already know there's no one else in the library except the librarian, yet when the camera is on Becky, you can see that someone playing with puppets in the attic window of the dollhouse. See more »


Grandpa Tompson: Why is all this happening?
Rebecca Haster: Understanding it doesn't matter. Surviving it does.
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Referenced in Video Buck: Carátulas engañosas vol. 5 (2019) See more »

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For those who enjoy the acting in pornos
2 July 2007 | by torturechamberlainSee all my reviews

Once in a while, you watch a movie where you can just immediately tell that the directors mother is also his aunt. One such movie is Ghost Lake. As a no-/low-budget filmmaker, I generally sympathize with others in this end of the field. One has to cope with annoying editors and actors who, in various strange ways, convince you that they can actually act and sign on to the point where it's too late to replace them. But much of this can be forgiven if the general intention with the movie is good or just honest. Not so the case with Ghost Lake. It repeatedly rips off one horror movie after the other, all the while setting new lows in acting, shooting and musicianship (yup, the score was awful to boot).

That being said, I did laugh my ass off watching it. Watching this movie was the equivalent of reading a list of cinematic don't's. And I don't mean "don't" as in "Don't use voiceovers" and similar snooty filmschool bs. I mean "don't" as in, "Don't do this, because it looks like you can't tell your ass from your elbow, anyway you slice it". If you're in any way into films (just being an avid moviegeek will do) this movie will provide literally dozens of laughs-per-minute with it's machine-gun like barrage of ineptitude. You're going to want to show this to your friends just to see their bewildered expression that simply says "Wtf were they thinking?!" like nothing else.

If your idea of awesome cinematic experiences is films like Death Tunnel or Kaw, well this movie is too shoddy for even that. No person living could possibly like this dreck, and the mere possibility is downright offensive.

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Release Date:

26 April 2005 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

The Empty Lake See more »

Filming Locations:

Rushford, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$110,000 (estimated)
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Young Wolf Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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